The Tennessee State House of Representatives has given its unequivocal backing to its county courthouses to display the Ten Commandments.
A resolution was passed 98-0 last week urging “all Tennessee counties to allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in their respective courthouses.”
H.R. 107 was authored by Rep. Todd Watson and marks a defiant stand against attempts in recent years to exclude references to Christianity from courthouses across the U.S.
The text of the resolution affirms the special place of the Ten Commandments in American history.
“Throughout America’s rich history both the citizenry and their elected officials alike have deeply respected the Ten Commandments, its profound influence on the formation of American legal thought and its fundamental place in the history of law and government.”
It is “imperative,” it continues, that the Ten Commandments continue to be displayed in public buildings “as reminders to this generation and the next of the vital role of the Ten Commandments and its Author have played in shaping our great republic.”
Nearly 10 years ago, Alabama judge Roy Moore found himself in a battle over a monument he erected in the Alabama Supreme Court featuring the Ten Commandments.
He eventually lost a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union and was removed from his office as the state’s chief justice.